“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” – Psalm 30:5 KJV
We can go through difficult places in life that can drain our joy, our strength and our peace. Maybe you have recently lost a loved one, experienced health problems or had a serious family situation. All of these things can leave us feeling like our joy is depleted and some even wonder if they could ever experience joy in their life again. The good news is that our God is a God of restoration! He can turn our mourning into dancing, give us beauty for ashes and cause our lives to be sweet again.
“Restore our captivity, O Lord, as the stream-beds in the South are restored by torrents of rain. They who sow in tears shall reap with joyful singing. – Psalm 126:4-5 AMP
God is able to bring restoration to our lives suddenly. Where, one minute, there was sadness and despair but the next minute, because of His restoration power working in our lives, our joy is back even stronger than before. Like a strong rain that brings a sudden flood, God’s rains of restoration can bring sudden joy to our lives. The Bible teaches that the Lord wants you and I to enjoy the life that He has given to us. You may be facing some challenging situations right now, but remember that your Heavenly Father loves you, He is for you and He is able to give you the oil of joy for mourning and a garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness. As you look past your present circumstances to Him and His promises, His restoring power will work in your heart and bring new strength into your life.
“This day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Nehemiah 8:10 KJV
God wants you and I to be strong in life. When our joy level is low, our strength level is going to be low as well. So, we must choose to receive the the daily supply of joy that the Lord has for us and let it strengthen us. Proverbs 22:17 says that “a merry heart does good like a medicine.” In other words, as we allow God’s joy to work in our hearts, it affects us in real ways, even emotionally and physically. In another place, Proverbs 15:15, the Bible says that the person who has “a merry heart has a continual feast.” That means that the people who let joy work in their heart will be the ones who ever receive and draw upon God’s gracious provision. So, instead of yielding to despair, worry and fear today, let’s yield to the joy of faith, the joy of the Holy Spirit, the joy of the Lord and the joy of our salvation!
In this video, I share 5 things we can choose to focus on that enable God’s restoration power in our lives. I hope that these things encourage you and help to strengthen your joy!
We love you and we’re praying for you,
Jordan & Melissa Gash
Oswego Family Church